3 Dangers Of Dust Accumulation On Office Equipment

The health of your office equipment greatly depends on your ability to keep the place clean. Janitorial tasks go beyond picking up stray papers and vacuuming. You also need to have all of your equipment scrubbed down periodically to keep dust from destroying the inner workings. Small particles of dust can infiltrate your electronics and destroy them from the inside out. Furthermore, seemingly harmless dust can scratch screens, disable controls and even start a fire.

Sizzling Circuits

Your office equipment uses circuit boards to run electronic components. Circuit boards feature heat sinks that decrease the entire unit's operating temperature. If the heat sink ends up covered in dust and debris, the temps inside your equipment will continually rise.

As a result, the computers in your office may begin to frequently show a blue screen before the system shuts down to protect the overheated hardware. The constant restarts could start to eat into your workers' productivity levels. Other pieces of equipment may work slower or stop functioning altogether in response to the dust coverage.

If you continue to use overheated equipment, a fire could break out in the computer, printer or copy machine case. Plastic casing around the wires could melt in response to the increased temperature levels. As the casing melts away, electricity could start arcing inside the case. If the arcing doesn't cause a fire, the rising temperature inside the case likely will. If temperatures reach past 200 degrees Celsius, the wires in question will catch on fire.

Scratched Screens

Dust tends to stick to surfaces it encounters while floating through the air. Computer monitors and printer control screens tend to accumulate a dusty layer fairly quickly. Workers may swipe their hand across the screen to clear their view and continue working to prevent a drop in productivity.

Unfortunately, haphazardly wiping the layer of dust away could actually scratch the screen. Dust contains tiny granules of dirt and debris with rough edges that easily scratch glass used for screens on electronics. You cannot buff away the tiny scratches that will eventually impede your workers clear view. Janitors use cleaning equipment designed to lift the dust into the cloth's fibers to clean off the equipment without making a mark.  

Blocked Buttons

Dust can also accumulate under buttons and switches used to activate office equipment. At first, your workers may need to hit the button on a corner or edge to activate the machine. Later, the button may not depress enough to perform its assigned function.

Eventually, you'll need to have the equipment disassembled to clean all of the dust out of the crevices. In addition to paying for the repairs, you'll lose money as your workers lose productive work hours waiting for their equipment.

Furthermore, you cannot open up and clean out tablets and other contained pieces of equipment without damaging the case, screen or other sensitive components. A simple clean and repair could result in having to replace the equipment outright after something vital breaks. Wiping down the control panels once a day keeps the majority of the dust out from under the buttons on each machine.

Cleaning Up The Place

Since the average office equipment costs more than one thousand dollars per employee, it pays to keep it in good shape. Equipment upkeep reduces the number of repairs needed for each item. Furthermore, you'll extend the life of your equipment far beyond your initial expectations by regularly removing dust accumulation. Consider hiring a janitorial service to have the entire office cleaned top to bottom every night. You can have your janitorial team perform a deep cleaning several times a month to make sure dust doesn't stand a chance.